R513.00 per case
2021 SA Terroir Wine Awards: Muscadel: Robertson & Swellendam District
2021 National Wine Challenge: National Champion
2021 National Wine Challenge: Double Platinum / Top 100
2020 Winemag Sweet and fortified wines report: 91 point rating
2020 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards: Gold
2018 Veritas Wine Awards: Silver
2017 Veritas Wine Awards: Silver
2017 SA Terroir Wine Awards: Muscadel: Robertson & Swellendam District
2015 Gold Wine Awards: Gold
2010 Veritas Wine Awards: Silver
The red Muscadel vines are between 13 and 44 years old. The vineyards are established in red Karoo, as well as deep alluvial soil.
The grapes are harvested by hand at 27-29 °Balling (Brix), crushed and taken to open concrete red wine fermentors. Here it is kept on the skins for two to three days for colour and flavour extraction. During this time the cap is wetted every two hours by manual punch-down and pump-overs. As soon as alcoholic fermentation starts naturally the free run juice is racked and the wet skins pressed. The must is then immediately fortified with pure wine spirits and left on its fine lees for three months. The wine is then racked from the lease and allowed to tank mature for a further three months before bottling. This extra maturation is essential for the marriage of the spirits and the wine.
Rietvallei Red Muscadel is full-bodied, rich, yet gentle. A floral, Muscat bouquet comes through on the nose, with typical raisiny sweetness and an intense, rich flavour that lingers on the palate and follows through on the aftertaste while the acidity compliments and balances the sweetness.
Pair with noble cheeses and almost any desert…delicious with rich chocolate or strawberries & ice cream. Serve at room temperature (18ºC) or chilled. Enjoy as an aperitif or as a winter warmer in front of the fireplace on a chilly evening. During summer serve in a cocktail glass with crushed ice and sliced strawberries. Also in summer, serve in a tall glass with lots of ice, soda water, fresh ginger, a mint leaf and a slice of lemon.
Residual Sugar: 201.4 g/l
Total Acidity: 5.5 g/l
VA: 0.18 g/l
Total Extract: 221.5 g/l
Total SO2: 136 mg/l
Free SO2: 18 mg/l
Bottle volume: 500ml
Case size: 6 x 500ml
Pallet size: 104 x 6 x 500ml
Case weight: 7.90 kg
Closure: Stelvin (Screw-cap)